Britain’s Top Employers: KFC and Rider Levett Bucknall take the top spots
David Woods, March 23, 2012
KFC and Rider Levett Bucknall took the poll positions in their categories at last night’s Britain’s Top Employers Dinner.
Some of the country's top employers are forecasting slower growth for the next year and responding to the continued economic uncertainty by offering more flexible benefits, segmented employee offerings and improved career development programmes.
These are some of the latest findings from the 2012 Britain's Top Employers research. The CRF Institute, the company behind this annual project, last night announced the 12th annual list of companies to be certified as Britain's Top Employers, based upon research into their HR practices and employee offerings.
These companies were awarded their certification at an awards dinner on 22 March 2012 at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge.
Top scoring large organisations are:
4. Vauxhall Motors
Top scoring mid-sized (up to 499 employees)
1. Rider Levett Bucknall
2. McCann Manchester
3. Sacker & Partners
The top scoring IT organisation was RM Education and top scoring law firm was Weightmans.
James Watts, VP HR, KFC UK & Ireland, said: “This award is a ringing endorsement of the work we’re doing with our people. In the past twelve months we’ve expanded our apprenticeship scheme and launched an employee wellbeing programme, and now we’re in the process of turning all of our stores into training restaurants with e-learning centres. We have a vision to become the best company in the UK for training and development, and this award will spur us on to do all we can to achieve that goal.”
The organisations examined were assessed based on the following criteria: Primary Benefits, Secondary Benefits & Working Conditions, Training & Development, Career Development, and Company Culture Management.
The research is audited by a third party, Grant Thornton, and only those organisations that met the stringent research criteria received the Top Employers certification.
Eleanor Nickerson, country manager, Britain's Top Employers, said: "This year we're proud to certify our strongest group of Top Employers to date. We're seeing creative, intelligent and sustainable HR practices and employee offerings that ensure the working experience is positive, and that employee groups get what they want from their employment. Employee engagement is still the top overall HR priority for organisations and we're seeing a heavy emphasis on flexible benefits, on segmented employee offerings and on career development that ensures employee growth and successful succession planning."
The CRF Institute, a specialist in the field of international research into HR management and working conditions, has just completed the research behind Britain's Top Employers, which focuses on the HR practices and employee offerings of a large number of employers in the UK.
Nickerson added: "We've seen the trends that emerged in 2011 continue to steadily grow in the 2012 research. Employers are still investing heavily in career development, with the overall scoring in this area increasing for most organisations. Whereas the HR priorities for the majority of our Top Employers are still employee engagement, talent management and leadership development, with the economic uncertainty we've also seen more companies forecasting workforce shrinkage, and as a result recruitment & staffing as a function have risen back up into the top 5 HR priorities.
CRF has recently commissioned market research across Europe into the value and impact of a Top Employer certification on young professionals. Respondents favoured job descriptions and job advertisements that included an accolade of the company as a good employer, and indicated that their impressions of companies that carried such seals were more positive.
The full list of companies (in alphabetical order) that are being certified this year is below.
ARM Ltd Avanade UK Limited
Bentley Motors Limited
British American Tobacco
Camelot Group of Companies
Capital One Group
The DHL Express
East Coast Mainline
Everything Everywhere Ltd
Homes for Haringey
J D Wetherspoon plc
John Lewis Partnership
Lonza Biologics plc
PepsiCo UK & Ireland
Reliance Security Group
Sharp Electronics UK
SNR Denton UK LLP
Tata Consultancy Services
Tate & Lyle Sugars Limited
Technip UK Ltd
Travis Perkins plc
UniCredit Bank AG
UNITE Group plc
The Vauxhall Motors Virtusa UK Ltd
Hydrogen Group plc
Leaseplan UK Limited
Rider Levett Bucknall UK
Sacker & Partners LLP
ZenithOptimedia UK Group